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The Interview (2014)

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Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Jong-Un Kim, they are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.


Dan Sterling (screenplay), Seth Rogen (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Dave Skylark
Seth Rogen ... Aaron Rapaport
Lizzy Caplan ... Agent Lacey
Randall Park ... President Kim
Diana Bang ... Sook
Timothy Simons ... Malcolm
Reese Alexander ... Agent Botwin
James Yi James Yi ... Officer Koh
Paul Bae Paul Bae ... Officer Yu
Geoff Gustafson ... Cole
Dominique Lalonde Dominique Lalonde ... Jackie
Anesha Bailey ... Janet
Anders Holm ... Jake
Charles Rahi Chun ... General Jong
Don Chow Don Chow ... Two-Fingered Man


In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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The film they didn't want you to see. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The line above the movie title translates as "Please do not believe these ignorant dishonorable Americans!" See more »


Near the end of Skylark's interview with Kim Jong Un, Aaron and Sook leave the control room. However, preceding shots which are shown of the broadcast show a live switching of cameras, an impossible action which would be done by a technical director in the now empty control room. See more »


[first lines]
Korean Girl: [singing in Korean] Our Beloved Leader is wise. He is gentle, kind and strong. We wish him joy. We wish him peace. We wish him love. And the one thing in our time, we wish more than this is for the United States to explode in a ball of fiery hell. May they be forced to starve and beg, and be ravaged by disease. May they be helpless, poor and sad and cold! They are arrogant and fat. They are stupid and they're evil. May they drown in their own blood and feces. Die America, die. Oh ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits there is a picture of the dog Skylark is given by Kim Jong-un, dedicated to the dog he had a kid. See more »


Referenced in James Franco & Seth Rogen: Bound 3 (2013) See more »


Written by Lil Jon (as Jonathan Smith), Sean Garrett, Patrick J. Que Smith (as Patrick Smith), Ludacris (as Christopher Bridges), James Phillips and La Marquis Jefferson
Performed by Usher (as Usher) featuring Lil Jon
Courtesy of RCA Records
Lil Jon appears courtesy of The Orchard
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Really funny!
3 March 2020 | by Med-JastaSee all my reviews

Sure there are some moments that are too over the top or that go on for too long but all in all really funny. James Franco as the idiot is really good. Reminded me of South Park with their take on a dictator. How do you make fun of them? Turn them into everything they hate.

Of course this movie isn't Wag the Dog or some smart political commentary or satire movie because it was never intended to be. It's a comedy from Seth Rogan. That miserable SOB Kim Jon Un just turned it into that. As he should be offended since his country doesn't have freedom of speech and I'm sure he's never been criticized in his entire life. I only wish that they made fun of how fat that pathetic little man is, because that's such an easy target and beyond the hair adds to his goofy unthreatening, ungodly appearance. Really a missed opportunity, the fact that he says that he doesn't pee or poop and that he is a God and that he is really fat is too funny. you wonder if because he doesn't have to go to the bathroom that it's still inside of him and that's why he's such a fat piece of crap.

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English | Korean

Release Date:

24 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,794,666, 28 December 2014

Gross USA:


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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